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Gateway laptop issue

Can I connect a G'way laptop to a G'way laptop to try to access the harddrive in question? I cannot view screen on Lptp #2 and do not have access to supplemental monitor. Will it read it like an external drive?

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  • Terry E May 25, 2008

    WorldVet -

    I'm going to try this as there is a Radio Shack within walking distance...can get there before they close and will work on this possibly tomorrow or Monday. I really need to rescue my son's laptop harddrive...

    Will let you know how I fare, but until then, THANK YOU!!!!


  • Terry E May 25, 2008

    WorldVet -

    After reading through related posts on this website, I did connect it to another monitor in case it was just the screen gone bad, but it seems that it is much more than that. It turns on, but I only get the fan noise. It apparently doesn't boot up into Windows XP Pro, it just gets stuck. No drive lights light up to indicate processing, no beeps to hear, only the battery light and the power light are illuminated.

    I guess I just don't want to send it off to the disk doctor and get charged a bazillion bucks to try a data recovery, unless all other viable options have been tried.

    What should I know about the 'disk enclosure' you mentioned, and also, what should I be aware of to protect the surrogate laptop that I connect it to?



  • Terry E May 26, 2008


    Can I take the Seagate 60GB hard drive that has an IDE Ultra ATA/100 interface type out of Gateway Laptop2 and connect it directly to Gateway laptop1 via a USB to IDE 40-pin adapter cable and read it that way? Both utilize Windows XP (lptp1 - Home Edition, lptp2 - Pro edition)...





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Yes, you need to connect the the two laptops using a "Crossover Cable" not a standard network cable. Then you'll need to enter Network via Control Panel and find the link for 'setup a new Network Connection' The network type you want is "Peer to Peer". Once this is done you need to turn on sharing for the folders you choose to share. Right click on each folder you want to share for each laptop and click on sharing. The next window allows you to turn on sharing, with a warning, and give the share a unique name such as Gateway1 My Documents and Gateway2 My Documents.

The crossover cable you need you can find at Radio Shack for about $12. Once you have it, mark each end with a sharpie and write a big X on it which is what we use to identify cross over cables from standard network cables.

If you get stuck or have more questions on how to finish this task off once you have the proper cable just comment back or click on my As Me link.


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  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 25, 2008


    Does your Son's laptop power up to a desktop? If it won't you won't be able to establish a connection to it. The only other way to access his date would be to remove his hard drive and install it in an external hard drive enclosure and connect that to your laptop via USB.

    Just a thought,

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 27, 2008

    I'll have to check and look that up, the only issue would be the attached power connector as I see it initially. Is the one on the usb cable to the hard drive about 3/4 inches wide?

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 27, 2008

    Yes, a 40pin connector should be right, its the power connector that needs to match. If it is a match, place the drive on the usb cable in a small cardboard box with a slot for the cable to pass through.

    Once you are accessing the external drive DO NOT move the box in any way or you may damage the drive's data platters.




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